Is ‘Luxury Layover’ an Oxymoron? Not According to Moreton

In the last decade, people have come to associate airports and airplanes as places of stress and inconvenience. Moreton Binn, however, remembers a time when air travel was enjoyable, even glamorous. Call him nostalgic, but he aims to bring back the allure of travel. He can’t control security lines and flight schedules, but he can make your layover comfortable, relaxing, and even luxurious. Introducing XpresSpa, an airport spa service — founded by Moreton and his wife, Marisol — that offers massages, reflexology, facials, waxing, and mani/pedis while you wait for your flight. Globetrotters in their own right, Marisol and Moreton designed the XpresSpa experience to accommodate various travel scenarios — from quickie foot rubs for short connections, to indulgent 60-minute massages/facials for long layovers.

Besides a pampering at one of XpresSpa’s twenty-six airport locations, how else does Moreton travel in comfort and style? Find out in our interview below.

  • What is your favorite city in the world and why?
    My hometown, New York City. It’s an international cultural city with everything you could possibly want.
  • What is your favorite dining spot in the world?
    New York City with its 15,000 places to eat. An offbeat favorite is a Shanghai Chinese restaurant called Evergreen on East 38th Street. They have the best soup dumplings (Xiao Long Bao) with hairy crab. A few others that stand out are the Four Seasons on 52nd Street, Daniel on East 65th Street, San Pietro on East 54th, and La Bernadin on West 51st.
  • What’s your favorite vacation spot?
    Two favorite vacation spots: first, Marisol’s and my 22-acre animal sanctuary in Ridgefield, CT. We rescue animals mostly from farms and make them healthy and happy. The sanctuary is their home for life. We have approximately 170 animals from goats, sheep, alpacas, llamas, chickens, peacocks…the list is endless, and the number never stops growing! Second favorite vacation spot is the Amanpuri Resort in Phuket.
  • Can you offer an insider tip or recommendation for your favorite vacation place?
    Phuket in Thailand, the Four Seasons in Milan, and the Cipriani in Venice.
  • When you travel, what is the one item you always take with you?
    The XpresSpa Liquid Light-Up Pen so that I can get work done when the lights are turned off on international flights, and the XpresSpa Ultra-Soft Gel Mask with a cooling Gel Pad for those occasions when I get the opportunity to nap.

About Melody Demel

Melody is Senior Manager, PR for Boingo Wireless, where she is responsible for media relations, brand building and thought leadership initiatives. Melody is a die-hard Nebraska Cornhuskers fan and retired NCAA DI college field hockey player.
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6 Responses to Is ‘Luxury Layover’ an Oxymoron? Not According to Moreton

  1. Great Article, I’ve used XpressSpa & I love them,, Just quick enough to feel pampered!

    Signed, My RockStar Alias

    Foxy Rowdybush

  2. Baochi says:

    Haha! Love your rock star name, Shelby aka Foxy Rowdybush. If you’re up to it, add your entry to our Facebook post: As a frequent traveler, I’ve seen plenty of XpresSpa facilities but have yet to try it out. Now I certainly will. Thanks for your kind words — it’s great to get reader feedback.


  3. The food in the land of smiles is yummy and cheap, all the Thais we met were very friendly and anxious to help. We stayed at Nirvana Thai- a completely different place to the hectic tourist trap in the South of Thailand.

  4. Sawadee Khrab! I’m about to go to Phuket and I’m very excited about my holiday. Already booked the flight to Bangkok and from there I’ll go travel around Bangkok and of course Phuket, I saw your awesome site on Yahoo and it seems that you know a lot about Thailand. Would you please give me some advice where to stay in Phuket Town? I’ve heard there are a couple of fantastic resorts in the main city and in the north… Thank you in advance!

  5. Baochi says:

    Hi there, thanks so much for your comment. Do you want to get in touch with Moreton? I can forward your email to him. I’ve been to Phuket and liked it. But I enjoyed the Phi Phi islands more — it is less crowded and more culturally rich.


  6. Baochi says:

    The food in Thailand is so delicious that it has ruined Thai food in the U.S. for me 😉